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Running head: GERONTOLOGY AIDE

FINAL PAPER
Sharlee Walker
HHS 435
Instructor Analeah Green
June 24,2013

FINAL PAPER
The occupation that I have chosen to write about is Gerontology Aide.   I really want to work with elderly people and other people that need care.   I want to be able to help people when they can’t help themselves.   I don’t want to just sit behind a desk and listen to what is bothering my client or pushing papers. There are a lot of elderly people out there that need someone to help them and be there to listen to them because they don’t have anyone else.
When my mom was sick and in the hospital I was with her day and night I didn’t want her to feel like she was alone. I had a nurse come up to me and tell me that I should become a nurse because of how helpful I was when it came to my mom and her roommate at the time.   I told the nurse that I wouldn’t make a good nurse because I really don’t like needles and I don’t want to have to draw someone’s blood one day.   I don’t mind all the other things but that I just can’t do. Then several years later my aunt was put in Hospice and I stayed with her till she died. It felt really good being there with her letting her know that she wasn’t alone.
            Gerontology is the physical, mental, and sociological study of aging. It includes the study of changes in adults as they age, the ways that society changes with an aging population, and the ways we apply this information to programs and policies for older adults. A degree in gerontology prepares the student for careers working with older adults or as advocates for the elderly.
            Gerontology is a diverse field with career opportunities in human services, government agencies, retirement communities, nursing homes, health care, and long-term institutional care. Gerontologists serve as social workers, nursing aids, social scientists, and healthcare managers. Careers for gerontologists are numerous because they include almost any...

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